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Little Free Libraries are Back!

With winter gone and warm weather on the horizon, Kingston’s Little Free Libraries are back up and running!  Looking for a good read?  Stop by one of the little free libraries and take a book!  Have a good book you’d like to share?  Drop it off in one of the libraries for someone else to enjoy!

What is a little free library?
A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. Little Free Library book exchanges have a unique, personal touch. There is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community.

Where are the little free libraries located?
The Little Free Libraries are located in seven different locations around Kingston: Town Hall, Gray’s Beach, The Ah-de-nah,  The Police Station, The Reed Community Building, Sampson Park, and Kingston Intermediate School.  Libraries were built by the Silver Lake Regional High School Carpentry Program.

How can I donate books?
Donating books is easy!  Simply find one near you and place your donations inside!

The Little Free Libraries are a Kingston Community Fun project, a collaboration of the Library, The Adams Center, Council on Aging & Recreation Departments

Kingston Community Seed Library

What is a seed library?

Our beautiful seed library, designed and painted by Kingston resident Jess Kjellander and her daughter Olivia.

Seed libraries are a grassroots movement designed to help support local growers, keep up crop diversity, and connect gardeners of all experience and interest levels.

Seed libraries work through the efforts of the community to save seeds and share them with their neighbors.  Gardeners can browse the library and take home seeds they would like to grow.  Growers who wish to donate can collect seeds according to the seed saving instructions and check their seeds into the library for others to use.

Kingston’s Seed Library

Our seed library features dozens of varieties of flowers, fruits, and vegetables.  The seed packets contain basic information about each seed, but if you would like more detailed information on specific plant types, check out one of our books or use a computer to research how to most effectively grow your plants.  To find out more, visit our Seed Library Page, or stop by and get growing!

Children’s Summer Reading Program – A Universe of Stories

K-6 Summer Reading Begins June 11th!

This summer, the Kingston Public Library will be using Beanstack – an online tool where kids can get book recommendations and earn badges for their reading accomplishments!


How It Works

Register Online  or In-Person anytime between June 11th and August 1st  to Begin Your Summer Reading Program.  Register online here.

Stop by the library to receive your free book for registering.

Log your reading online or on paper to receive badges and a free book for every 5 books you record.

All registered readers will be invited to our End-of-Summer Reading Cupcake Party on August 14th. RSVP is required–link to be provided in August.

July 22nd – A Cultural and Historical Reflection of the 1960s Through the Music of The Beatles

The Beatles are one of the most influential bands in music history. With an estimated 73 million viewers, the “Lads from Liverpool” burst onto the scene in 1964 on The Ed Sullivan Show. On April 4, 1964 they became the only artists to ever occupy the top five spots of the Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously. They would go on to release landmark albums like Revolver and SgtPepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band .  They consistently broke musical barriers and have sold more than one billion records.

Fran Hart, founding member of the Beatles tribute band 4EverFab, will perform live music with a multi-media presentation to explore – not only the music of The Beatles – but the influence they exerted on the cultural landscape. The presentation is free and open to all and will take place at the Kingston Council on Aging on Monday, July 22, at 1:00PM. The Council on Aging is at 30 Evergreen Street in Kingston.

This presentation is sponsored by the Kingston Public Library and the Kingston Council on Aging and is supported in part by a grant from the Kingston Cultural Council.  Please register using the button below.  For more information contact Al the library at 781-585-0517 x6279 or email


Register button


Libraries AND online booksellers

You might have seen that article last July in Forbes, which breezily suggested that libraries are obsolete in the brave new world of Amazon. Or, maybe you missed it because the large and furious backlash quickly prompted the magazine to pull the article.

To follow up on the story, and the story after that story, the library group OCLC conducted a study with an Ohio public library to find out how their patrons use libraries and Amazon.  This blog post details the research, making the

quantitative argument that libraries are not just important to the people who use library services, but to the businesses in adjacent spaces.

Have a look! 



Starting July 1st – Big Y Community Bag Program to Support the Kingston Public Library

Have you been making the change from disposable plastic grocery bags to a more durable, eco-friendly alternative?  If so, then this July is a great time to up your game by purchasing reusable bags at Big Y in Kingston.  Not only will your purchase of reusable bags help reduce plastic waste and make hauling your groceries easier, you’ll also be helping to support the Kingston Public Library in the process.  Big Y Markets has selected the Friends of the Kingston Public Library as the benefiting non-profit organization to receive a donation through the Community Bag Program for the month of July.

The process is simple – head down to Big Y located at 182 Summer Street in Kingston during the month of July and purchase a Big Y Cares reusable bag for $2.50.  For each bag you buy, $1 will be donated to the Friends of the Kingston Public Library.  For more information, contact Mike at the library at 781-585-0517 or email